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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
23rd March 1933 Born today: Geoffrey Leigh, CEO (Allied London Properties)
23rd March 1905 Born today: Ralph Perring, Lord Mayor (London)
23rd March 1889 The free Woolwich ferry service was launched by Sir Joseph Bazalgette.
23rd March 1861 London's 1st tramcars, designed by Mr Train of NY, begins operating
23rd March 1743 George Frideric Handel's oratorio Messiah premieres in London
23rd March 1729 Celebrated satirical painter William Hogarth married Jane Thornhill, daughter of artist Sir James Thornhill.
Wainewright the Poisoner
This is where Thomas Wainewright the poisoner grew up.
Location: 48 Great Marlborough Street, London, W1F 7BB
Description: Thomas Wainewright lived here after being brought up by his grandfather and his uncle Dr. George Griffiths, who knew some of the best artists and authors of the time.
He began to paint here, and even had some exhibitions, and he discovered he had a talent as an art critic like his Uncle. He met Wordsworth and William Blake, and many other celebrities of the time.
In 1821 he married, shy and poor Frances Ward but his paltry art sales couldnt stop him sliding into debt.
In 1828 Wainewright and his bride convinced uncle George Griffiths to let them come to live with him at Linden house. His mother in law died supiciously and other followed, inheritance fraud was proved, and he was eventually sent to Tasmania where he died.